Meekness, God's Character, and Our Daily Lives

The Profound Message of Meekness and Inheriting the Earth

DAILY DEVOTIONS

9/28/2023

Meekness, God's Character, and Our Daily Lives

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth." Matthew 5:5

Matthew 5:5 says, "Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth." These words from Jesus hold a deep message that lasts forever. They encourage us to understand meekness and how it relates to God.

Let’s consider some questions; How does meekness connect with reflecting God's character and bringing glory to Him? In what way does meekness contribute to the honoring of God's name, as described in Psalm 37:11? What practical aspects define meekness in daily life, according to Psalm 37, particularly regarding trust in God and managing anger and worry?

Meekness, as taught in the Bible, begins with wholehearted trust in God, believing He is always on our side. It means giving our worries, fears, and thoughts to Him, acknowledging our limitations and His sufficiency. Meekness involves patiently waiting for God's timing, finding peace amid life's chaos, and staying calm even in tough times, without anger or worry.

In the Old Testament, there's a story about Moses that shows us what meekness means. Meekness is when you don't get defensive or mean when people say bad things about you. Moses, when his own brother and sister, Miriam and Aaron, said mean stuff about him, didn't get mad at them. Instead, he trusted in God to take care of things. This shows that meekness is about being strong on the inside and not getting into fights when people are mean to you. Moses did this, and it's a great example of meekness.

In James 1:19-21, we are encouraged to accept God's teachings with meekness, which means being eager to listen and slow to talk. This meekness helps us approach the truth with humility, being ready to both learn and explain our beliefs. Real wisdom is when meekness shows in our actions. It means being peaceful, gentle, and open to understanding others. Meekness and wisdom are alike because they both follow a higher truth. Meekness is open to learning. It welcomes discussing ideas, listens to others, and can accept being corrected. Even though it can be passionate, it avoids judging too quickly and values humility. When meekness helps someone who's made a mistake, it does so humbly, knowing it's not perfect either. It doesn't act better than others, understanding it can also make mistakes without God's help.

Returning to the second part of Matthew 5:5, "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth," we find the promise that fuels our meekness. This promise reminds us that our true inheritance is far greater than any earthly possession. It encourages us to persevere in meekness, even in the face of adversity. Psalm 37:11 says, the meek shall inherit the land. This means that meek people, who trust God and don't get angry quickly, will receive good things from Him. When we live this way, we show that we believe God is in control and that He takes care of us. This honors God's name because it shows we trust Him to provide for us.

Meekness in daily life means we trust God completely. We don't worry too much about what others have or get angry when things don't go our way. Instead, we commit our problems to God, knowing He will help us. We stay calm and patient, even when things are tough. This practical meekness shows that we rely on God and believe He will take care of us.

Matthew 5:5 is a verse from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, where He says, "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth." In this teaching, Jesus emphasizes the value of meekness as a virtue and how it leads to a divine reward. Jesus is teaching that those who are meek, or humble and gentle in spirit, will experience blessings. Meekness is not weakness; rather, it involves a willingness to submit to God's will and a gentle demeanor in dealing with others. Those who are meek do not assert themselves aggressively but trust in God's guidance and timing. The promise that the meek will inherit the earth is a declaration that they will ultimately receive the fullness of God's blessings and enjoy a rich and abundant life. It implies that meekness, in the long run, leads to a profound sense of contentment, peace, and fulfillment.

As we think about these truths, let's welcome meekness as a way to show God's character in us. This leads us to the promise of inheriting the earth, with our ultimate reward being God Himself. We pray that our meek lives testify to His glory.

Let’s pray. Heavenly Father, help us embrace meekness, the humble strength that trusts Your plan. May we inherit the blessings You promise and find peace in our gentle spirits. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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